Peter Poses pposes at gmail.com
Thu May 21 21:24:38 EDT 2009

"The JPL": Howzzit ~~ Thanx 2 Steve "Back In The Saddle" Schwartz fer
hippin' "The JPL". I couldn't get thru on the posted "www" (I went
thru "Google"). Here'zz the lowdown & basic scoop. Congratzz 2 The
2010 NEA Jazz Masterzz!!!!!!!! UTNG, dig, djSOS ~~ P.S. I'm delighted
that a JazzBelle ~~ Mzz. Annie Ross ~~ has been recognized.


National Endowment for the Arts Announces the 2010 NEA Jazz Masters
Nation's highest honor in jazz is bestowed on eight living legends ~~

Washington, DC - The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) today
announced the recipients of the 2010 NEA Jazz Masters Award -- the
nation's highest honor in this distinctly American music. The eight
recipients will each receive a $25,000 grant award and be publicly
honored in an awards ceremony and concert on Tuesday, January 12, 2010
at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center.

The eight 2010 NEA Jazz Masters are:

City, State

Muhal Richard Abrams
Pianist, Composer, Educator
New York, NY

Kenny Barron
Pianist, Composer, Educator
Brooklyn, NY

Bill Holman
Composer, Arranger, Saxophonist
Los Angeles, CA

Bobby Hutcherson
Vibraphonist, Marimba Player, Composer
Montara, CA

Yusef Lateef
Saxophonist, Flutist, Oboist, Composer, Educator
Amherst, MA

Annie Ross
New York, NY

Cedar Walton
Pianist, Composer
Brooklyn, NY

George Avakian, a jazz producer, manager, critic, and educator from
Riverdale, New York, will receive the 2010 A.B. Spellman NEA Jazz
Masters Award for Jazz Advocacy.

"These master artists have dedicated their lives to shaping and
advancing the rich tradition of jazz," said NEA Acting Chair Patrice
Walker Powell. "The NEA is pleased to recognize their individual
creative talents and celebrate their combined musical contributions."

For the January presentation, the Arts Endowment will again partner
with Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City to produce the event, and
the Association of Performing Arts Presenters and Arts Presenter's
annual conference. Conference attendees will have the opportunity to
attend some of the jazz master events and learn more about presenting
jazz in the communities. The Awards Ceremony & Concert will be held at
Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, and will
feature the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis in a
program dedicated to the honorees' lives and works. Past
collaborations between the NEA and Jazz at Lincoln Center include the
NEA Jazz in the Schools curriculum -- available free of charge to high
school teachers nationwide and used by nearly 8.4 million students
since its inception. The NEA Jazz in the Schools Web site is a 2009
Webby Awards Official Honoree.

Each member of the 2010 NEA Jazz Masters class met the selection
criteria of being a distinguished artist whose excellence, impact, and
significant lifetime contributions have helped to keep jazz alive and
further the growth of the art form:

•The co-founder and first president of the Association for the
Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM),  pianist Muhal Richard
Abrams is highly respected by critics and musical peers as both a
pianist and composer in a variety of musical styles.
•Recognized the world over as a master of performance and composition,
virtuoso pianist Kenny Barron has worked with such renowned musicians
as Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Haden, Roy Haynes, and fellow 2010 NEA
Jazz Master Yusef Lateef.
•Bill Holman's unique and complex arrangements have long been
appreciated by musicians and critics alike, including Louie Bellson,
Count Basie, Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Doc Severinsen, and others.
•Bobby Hutcherson's sound and style on the vibraphone helped modernize
the instrument in the 1960s, adding an adventurous new voice to hard
bop and free jazz.
•A major force on the international musical scene for more than six
decades, Yusef Lateef was among the first to incorporate world music
into traditional jazz through his mastery of Middle Eastern and Asian
reed instruments.
•One of the early practitioners of the singing style known as
"vocalese" -- the setting of original lyrics to an instrumental jazz
solo -- Annie Ross was part of the renowned vocal trio Lambert,
Hendricks & Ross
•One of the great hard bop pianists, Cedar Walton is also well-known
for his distinctive compositions, which he first honed during his
years with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers.
•George Avakian is not only a record producer but a true pioneer in
the industry. Besides producing some of the finest jazz albums of the
1950s for Columbia, including Miles Davis's Miles Ahead and Duke
Ellington's Ellington at Newport, he helped establish the 33 1/3 LP as
the primary format for the recording industry. He also was the first
to produce reissues of long out-of-print jazz recordings.
Profiles and downloadable high resolution photos of the 2010 NEA Jazz
Masters can be found on the NEA's Web site.

Each year since 1982, the Arts Endowment has conferred the NEA Jazz
Masters Award to living legends who have made major contributions to
jazz. With this new class, the award has been given to 114 great
figures of jazz in America, including Count Basie, George Benson, Art
Blakey, Dave Brubeck, Betty Carter, Ornette Coleman, Miles Davis, Roy
Eldridge, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Herbie
Hancock, Elvin Jones, John Levy, Abbey Lincoln, Max Roach, Sonny
Rollins, Cecil Taylor, Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson, and Teddy Wilson.

About NEA Jazz Masters: NEA Jazz Masters are selected from nominations
submitted by the public and receive a one-time grant award of $25,000,
are honored at a public awards ceremony, and may be offered
opportunities for participation in NEA-sponsored promotional,
performance, and educational activities under the NEA Jazz Masters
National Initiative program. Only living musicians or jazz advocates
may receive the NEA Jazz Masters honor.

The National Endowment for the Arts has supported jazz artists and
organizations since 1969, providing millions of dollars in grants and
awards. In 2004, the NEA significantly expanded its NEA Jazz Masters
program and in 2005 created the NEA Jazz Masters Initiative, a
comprehensive program of jazz support that includes the NEA Jazz
Masters award; NEA Jazz Masters Live, a series of multiple performance
and educational engagements in selected communities, featuring NEA
Jazz Masters; radio programming featuring NEA Jazz Masters;
educational resources through the NEA Jazz in the Schools program
produced by the Arts Endowment in partnership with Jazz at Lincoln
Center; and publications and reports. For more information on NEA Jazz
Masters, the public is invited to visit the Web site, at

Jazz at Lincoln Center is dedicated to inspiring and growing audiences
for jazz. With the world-renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and
a comprehensive array of guest artists, Jazz at Lincoln Center
advances a unique vision for the continued development of the art of
jazz by producing a year-round schedule of performance, education and
broadcast events for audiences of all ages. These productions include
concerts, national and international tours, residencies, yearly hall
of fame inductions, weekly national radio and television programs,
recordings, publications, an annual high school jazz band competition
and festival, a band director academy, jazz appreciation curriculum
for students, music publishing, children's concerts, lectures, adult
education courses, student and educator workshops and interactive
websites. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis,
Chairman Lisa Schiff and Executive Director, Adrian Ellis, Jazz at
Lincoln Center produces thousands of events each season in its home in
New York City, Frederick P. Rose Hall, and around the world.  For more
information visit www.jalc.org.

May 21, 2009 ~~  Media Contact: Liz Stark, NEA, 202-682-5740 ~~ starke at arts.gov
                           Program Contact: Katja von Schuttenbach ~~
202- 682-5711 ~~ vonschuttenbach at arts.gov.

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